By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says his side must “go back to basics” after their disappointing 2-1 defeat at QPR on Saturday.

Wenger offered no excuses for Arsenal’s below-par display at Loftus Road, a result which ended their impressive run of seven straight Premier League victories.

But, with a testing encounter against Manchester City at Emirates Stadium next weekend, Wenger believes there is no need to overreact.

“We have to take the distance with that and put things into perspective,” said the Frenchman. “We have to go back to basics; that means to win football games and win your fights first.

“We have to play like we do. It is disappointing to lose a big run in the way that we did it here. At the end of the day the result does not lie. The focus was missing a little bit and the way we conceded the goals [was disappointing]. I felt that we lacked something, I do not deny that.

“We have been consistent recently and you have to give credit to the team. But in this game we were poor and we were not good enough.”

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1 Apr 2012